“I walked into YG’s drop-in centre by chance. I originally just wanted to try and sort out my CV. I was a really shy and unconfident person so when I walked through the door of The Link, I hadn’t been prepared for the welcome and support I would receive.
“Falling pregnant at such a young age was a shock for both me and my family. But after my son was born of course everyone in my community loved him, however at the time I felt I had disappointed everyone and I suffered with postnatal depression.
“The staff at YG have been amazing – they really listened to me and encouraged me to do more. I have become a regular at the young parent’s group and have been matched to a mentor. Together they helped me get on to a Level 2 course in Children and Young People’s Workforce. As part of this I have found a placement in a pre-school. I was proud of myself managing to do that as before I started going to YG I would have been too shy to speak to people, particularly professionals and people in suits.
“I have also moved into my own flat with my son, it’s great to have our own space. YG has been there to help me access grants to furnish the property and get my finances in order. I love that YG don’t do it all for me but just give me guidance when I want it.
“My life has really started to come together. I feel proud of what I have achieved over the last year and I’m excited to take the next steps. I am keen to find work that fits in with my son’s childcare and my own ambitions to work with children. It’s great knowing I can come into The Link whenever I need help. I really appreciate the ongoing support YG gives me.”